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Is Rochford Brickworks a site for 200 houses?

June 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Coastline near Southend-on-Sea:  approaching London City AirportAt the Public Meeting in Hawkwell a resident asked me to explain why this has not been considered in the planning for the strategic housing development plan for Rochford District whereas it was include in the London Southend Airport Report (JAAP)?  The Brickworks Site could support 200 new houses.

The detailed position is as follows.

The formal consultation period on London Southend Airport Report (JAAP) started on the 24 June.  If you look at the four possible development scenarios you will see that a mixed development scheme is suggested for the old brickworks site under Scenario 3.

This is simply a consultation on issues and options and no decisions whatsoever have been taken about the development that might ultimately be agreed in the area of the Action Plan.
 
The JAAP stands on its own as a development plan document, though Rochford District Council will be referring to it, as you might expect, in the revised version of the Local Development Plan Core Strategy.

The Brickworks site is about 1.9 hectares (4.7 acres).  However, you may recall there is a company pushing for the development of a retirement village on the site together with surrounding scrubland – if included, this would make the site about 4 hectares (10 acres).  The boundary shown on the issues and options document is the larger area. This would support 200 houses.

‘Fair Shares for All’ Housing Allocation? – 365 is NOT a Fair Share in Hawkwell West

May 26, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

The story so far:

In the Summer of 2007, after the first public consultation, 32 Conservative Councillors met in private to allocate 2200 new housing units across Rochford District.  They came up with 365 for Hawkwell West and just 740 for the whole of Rayleigh.

The Liberal Democrats seem to have gratefully accepted the reduced allocation for Rayleigh and have not raised any objection yet to the allocations across the remainder of the District. Not surprising because any objection to what is going on elsewhere might lead to the Rayleigh allocation increasing !! 

But Lib Dem Councillor Chris Black, Leader of the Opposition at RDC, has written “We support a ‘fair shares for all’ policy for new housing in Rochford District.”

But how can 365 new houses in Hawkwell West be described as ‘Fair Shares for All’ ?  It is not Fair Shares At All !!

  • A ‘Fair Shares for All’ policy would mean just 110 new houses in each of the 23 District Wards
  • Rayleigh should have 1000 new houses not 740
  • Hockley should have 330 not 36
  • So why is one Ward in Hawkwell allocated 365?
  • This would mean an increase in the number of houses in Hawkwell West by 25% Read more

The Hawkwell Action Group (HAG)

May 14, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

A group of residents in Hawkwell West have formed a organisation called the Hawkwell Action Group (HAG) which has the purpose of ensuring that all of the residents of my Ward are independently advised of proposals affecting Hawkwell West in the Local Development Framework (Planning for Housing) and that as many residents as possible respond to the public consultation.  I was invited to join the HAG Committee and I have done so.

From the Echo, 12 May 2008 – Do you believe that Hawkwell Green Belt will be saved? Or is it still at risk? 

District’s green belt aims to skirt housebuild quotas

THE majority of cherished green belt land in the Rochford district will escape development as part of Government housebuilding targets, a leading councillor says.

The Rochford district has been given a quota of providing 2,500 new homes by 2015, which fuelled fears some of green belt would have to be developed.

However, deputy council leader Keith Hudson said: “I think the good news is that the amount of land will be very small, perhaps only two or three fields. It is just a few acres, but there is always the danger the targets will increase. What we will be seeking to do is to make sure those sites which already have been given planning permission are actually developed.

“A major example is the site opposite the cemetery in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, which has had planning permission for many years.

“This and other sites could take a large amount of the housing quota without having to use other areas.”

Mr Hudson spoke after a Campaign for the Protection of Rural England report on the threat to the green belt across the country. 

Central Area Committee – Hawkwell, Hockley and Hullbridge – RDC

May 20, 2007 by · 1 Comment 

As the Chair had been appointed and the first meeting was due on 12 June, I wrote to Derek Stansby and asked how the public could participate.  These new Area Committees are about consultation with residents but no details were available to advise residents.

I sent the letter and the by the afternoon of receipt by Derek Stansby, it had been passed to Rochford District Council Officers to ascertain how the Area Committees were to work!! I thought that these “super councillors” on the Area Committees and Executive Board were paid additional allowances for additional responsibilities.  If they are going to use the old ruse of asking the Officers what to do then why do we need executive councillors who are paid?

LETTER

I have been asked by residents to ascertain how they may arrange to speak at the Central Area Committee.  What will the environment be like?  Standing or Sitting?  Delivered to the Committee from what situation?  In what format?  How long?
 

The request is for the first meeting of the Central Area Committee on 12 June and I understand that those who wish to speak may wish to call an Officer from Essex Police in support.
 

How will such matters be taken forward.  Will there be debate on the night?  Can the residents join in the debate?
 

Do I as a Member have any rights to place items on the Central Area Committee Agenda.  Please advise the procedure and the basis of determination if an item is to be admitted to the Agenda.
 

You will recall that the latest report on the matter of the Local Development Framework was rejected by Full Council for further review.  This will now be undertaken by the Local Development Framework Sub Committee of which you are a Member by virtue of being the Chair of the Central Area Committee.  Given that further review has being determined by Full Council I wish to know whether the subject of the Local Development Framework will be reviewed by the Central Area Committee before the Local Development Framework Sub Committee reconsiders the matter?
 

As there is such little time before the summons is issued for the 12 June Meeting of the Central Area Committee my own view is that the matter has some urgency especially as residents have expressed an interest in the Central Area Committee.
 

    

 

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